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Osaka mayor defends ‘comfort women’ remark

Says other nations also had brothels for their soldiers

TOKYO — An outspoken Japanese mayor who outraged many with remarks about Japan’s wartime and modern sexual services stood by his comments Thursday although he said he may have lacked ‘‘international sensitivity.’’

Mayor Toru Hashimoto of Osaka said his lack of sensitivity to America’s perception of prostitution might have caused outrage to his suggestion earlier this week that US troops based in southern Japan should patronize legal adult entertainment establishments to reduce sex crime there.

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